A response to Frances Lumsden’s recent article, ‘Pronouns May Cost Everything,’ in which she herself was responding to the reasons I gave for giving a transgender woman her preferred pronouns. This will be a somewhat more critical appraisal of our conversation thus far.

Evidently assuming ignorance or naivety on my part, Frances Lumsden — an interlocutor of mine from Twitter — has, in a remarkable and highly articulate essay, Pronouns May Cost Everything (November 2020), taken it upon herself to educate me on why giving transgender people their preferred pronouns is harmful to women and girls. This was prompted, as she explains, by a series of social media posts I had made and an article I published on the Random Public Journal website, ‘Who am I to Judge?’ (25 October 2020), in which I said:

Pronouns: it costs us nothing and profits us…


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Jason Michael McCann

Journalist and blogger based in Dublin. Writing on politics and society. Columnist for iScot Magazine and author of the Random Public Journal. @Jeggit

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